The Lost Circus (Circus Meets Dark Cabaret with a Steampunk Twist)
Irondale Center (85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn)
8-9pm VIP tea salon, $35* / 9pm-late party, $25* / $10* after 1am
The Circus is said to have started in ancient Egypt when the court entertainers of an immortal Pharaoh escaped their slavery under a midnight moon. They have traveled the globe for centuries, gathering talent from every great empire as the empire itself began to crumble: Istanbul, Saint Petersburg, London, Berlin…and now they have made it across the sea.
The party, 9pm-late:
Discover a circus long lost, with music from times gone by or times that never were: Amour Obscur (gypsy punk accordion vagabonds), Shayfer James (dark, danceable anthems of mischief), and Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band (riotous steampunk brass). DJ Joro Boro bridges the dust of Burning Man with the sounds of a rogue Slavic circus.
The circus unfolds to live bands and in between, in a 19th century church with soaring ceilings, stained glass windows and wraparound balcony. Stilts, aerial, fire and more by Dana Abrassart, Maxine Nienow, Jersey Lily, Rebekah Burke, Megrez Mosher, Lisa Jamhoury and others. Between-band banter, ditties and skits by ne’er-do-well slapstick curmudgeons Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen. Vaudevillian sideshow by Karnevil. Tribal fusion bellydance by Rio. Fanciful body art by Painteresse Elysabeth. Tarot readings by Katelan Foisy. Photo magic booth by Tsirkus Fotografika. Dark and delightful visuals by VJ Fuzzy Bastard. Specialty potions by The House of St Eve (T.H.O.S.E. drinks…), including absinthe and other delights.
VIP tea salon, 8-9pm:
Join us for unlimited tea, cakes and sweets on the balcony overlooking the grand hall. Get first access to the silent auction; perfect your costume with an elaborate face or body paint design; get photographed while the look is still fresh — all before the crowds get there. Complementary character makeup touch-ups by professional makeup artist Emily Takis.
Art & auction:
Until 12am, a silent auction of a variety of art-tastic items to raise funds for our new multi-use arts loft in Gowanus, including fine art prints, vintage fashions and unique collectibles. Plus, a darkly delightful art gallery, with pieces by Mani the Uncanny, Kaliptus, and others.
Dark cabaret, traveling circus, steampunk Victorian, neo-tribal, funky formal, desert wanderer, Edward Gorey, Tim Burton, Mad Max, City of Lost Children — or at least cocktail attire. Stilts & characters welcome. Effort required / dress code more flexible after 1am.
*This event is a fundraiser for our new multi-use arts space in Gowanus, BK. Nearly $30k has been spent so far, and we are only halfway through renovations. Please support by getting higher-level tickets, buying drinks, and participating in the silent auction.